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Wii’s Virtual Console Resurrects Sega Master System

Pity the Sega Master System; after leaving a healthy life in the land of the rising sun, the console was released in the U.S. in 1986 to compete with the NES. Poor marketing by Tonka, grid-paper inspired cover art, and a legion of growing Nintendo fanboys led to the systems downfall, until the system was euthanized when Sega’s Genesis console was released in 1989.

Ironically, thanks to Nintendo we can play any long forgotten favorites on Wii’s Virtual Console. To seal the deal, games are expected to be 400 Wii points, or about four dollars. We always preferred the SMS port of Rampage to the inferior NES version, and will certainly pick up Quartet. Which games will you be purchasing?

About Robert Allen

With over 35 years of gaming experience, Robert 'DesertEagle' Allen is Tech-Gaming's resident worrier/warrior who spends his days teaching at three colleges and his nights devoted to JRPGs.


  1. I had one in the family but don’t remember many of the games. I bet most haven’t aged well.

  2. I honestly wont buy much; I haven’t bought any NES games.

  3. I honestly wont buy much; I haven’t bought any NES games.

  4. Hotshit man. Long live the Sega Master System. Altough Gametap is much better than the VC anyday.

  5. What was with Sega and their grid artwork? God that looks awful today. in 1986, it was probably cutting edge.

  6. Those controllers are amazing! Man, that gun would never be sold in the US today.

  7. Imagine if the old SMS had blu-ray.

  8. Forgot SMS, I want more NeoGeo games, dammit.

  9. Hey, I’ve been getting a error when trying to post a message. What gives?

  10. am i the only one who’s never played the SMS?

  11. Never played it, before my time. I have played the portable Game Gear, which I heard was based on the same hardware.

    The games pretty much sucked.

  12. I have to say that there hasn’t been any games on the Wii virtual console that I’ve been interested in purchasing. Unlike Xbox Live…I’ve gotten quite a few of those games…

  13. Sorry, some tech difficulties, it should all be straightened out now.